The Dallas Cowboys have drafted four players in the 2021 NFL Draft. All four selections have been on the defensive side of the ball. It is clear that the front office has made a commitment in improving that side of the ball this offseason.
Linebacker Micah Parsons was drafted 12th overall. Kelvin Joseph came off the board at pick 44. Defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa was the 75th overall pick of the draft.
Iowa defensive end Chauncey Golston became the latest member of the 2021 Dallas Cowboys draft class. The Cowboys selected Golston with the 84th pick of the draft — its second of three selections in the third-round.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) May 1, 2021
Golston was mostly seen as a fourth-round pick, but the Dallas Cowboys decided to pull the trigger early and not risk losing out on a defender that they obviously valued. The former three-star recruit spent four seasons with the Hawkeyes.
Chauncey Golston totaled 45 tackles, 8.5 tackles-for-loss, and 5.5 sacks during his final season at Iowa. The 6-foot-4, 269-pound defender spent time all along the defensive line in Iowa City.
#Iowa DE Chauncey Golston #57 is going to play in the NFL beyond his rookie contract.
Upright and a little stiff, but long and physical. Nonstop hustle. DE/DT versatility. One of my favorite day 3 values this year. pic.twitter.com/tPBfKGHCfr
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) February 19, 2021
The Athletic‘s Dane Brugler ranks Golston as the 123rd best player in the 2021 NFL Draft class.
While his speed is average, Golson plays downhill with physical hands and excellent play recognition, competing with tone-setting effort. His tall pad level and tight hips work against him and he needs to better stack and control blocks instead of just punching. Overall, Golston doesn’t have desirable bend or explosive traits, but he is long, strong and doesn’t quit working to the ball. He projects as a high-intangible NFL role player who can line up inside and outside.
Dallas has invested two consecutive picks into the defensive line. All four picks thus far have devoted to the defensive side of the ball.
Look for the Dallas Cowboys to address the secondary or offensive line with its final selection of day two.
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